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Personality Patterns

I took this Personality Patterns quiz, you know, just for fun.

I got these results:

Passionate
You are in touch with your emotions, and sometimes you react before you think. The good news: you don't tamp down your feelings. The bad news: you sometimes say or do things that you later wish you could take back.

You do not live your life on an even keel; you do not go for long periods without experiencing some mood swings.

Cooperative
You enjoy teamwork, play well with others, and prefer getting along to winning.

You're not compelled to win every contest nor to be right all the time.

Sympathetic
You have a knack for knowing what's going on in the hearts and minds of those around you, without their having to tell you explicitly. People tend to turn to you with their problems because they know you care, and that you will likely offer good advice and a helping hand.

You do not feel that people with sad stories are just looking for attention, or have brought their problems upon themselves.

Warm
You have a genuine interest in other people. You're a natural host, and are always thinking about how you can increase the happiness of those around you. When friends have problems or are in trouble, you're usually the first person they turn to for aid and comfort. Scoring high on the "warm" trait suggests that you are among those who enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

You don't always say exactly what you're thinking; you don't like the idea of causing anyone pain because of your criticism.

Understanding
You are willing to take the time to find out what's going on with other people, especially if they're in distress. You're a good listener, you don't criticize, and you offer unbiased, respectful, honest advice when it's requested. With a high score on the "understanding" trait, it is likely that you are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

You don't feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain.

Scrupulous
You are an honest, fair person. You don't lie or cheat to get ahead. You treat others with respect and hope for the same in return.

You do not feel that you are above the rules that everyone else follows; you are definitely not willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead.

Pessimistic
You tend to be a "glass half-empty" kind of person, which for you is simply a realistic outlook. Your feeling is that this world can be a depressing place, and only a fool would think otherwise.

You do not waste your time searching for the silver lining in every cloud, nor do you believe it's your job to cheer up the people around you with happy talk.

Creative
You are good at solving problems, coming up with original ideas, and seeing connections between things, connections that most other people miss. People with a high score on the "creative"; trait often are employed in such fields as finance and scientific research, and enjoy avant garde and classical music as well as literary fiction and scholarly non-fiction.

You do not shun abstractions and concepts in favor of the concrete and tangible.

Intellectual
You are thoughtful, rational, and comfortable in the world of ideas. People find you interesting to talk to. You're the living embodiment of the saying "You learn something new every day". In general, those with a high score on the "intellectual" trait are employed in such fields as teaching and research, and are enthusiastic about reading, foreign films, and classical music.

You do not avoid abstract conversation, experimenting with new ideas, or studying new things. It bores you to stick to the straight and narrow of what you already know.

Empathetic
You are in touch with your own feelings, which helps put you in touch with the feelings of others.

You don't buy the logic that your happiness comes ahead of everyone else's because unless you're happy you're incapable of making anyone else happy.

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I like and tend to agree with these results... though it says a lot of nice things about me. Though I disagree with the part where I like literature and art. I like reading, but not "literature" as this implies.

Anyways. I guess it makes me feel good that I seem to be smart, ethical and compassionate. I feel like those are good traits.

Writer's Block: Family planning

If you wanted to have children and had trouble conceiving, would you be more likely to consider IVF, surrogacy, or adoption, and why?


I don't know why I feel compelled to answer this, but I do.

For me, the answer to this question is a no-brainer. I would sooner choose adoption than IVF or surrogacy, no question. It's not that I'm morally opposed to either of those, but I would not be willing to take the risks inherent in those options. IVF and surrogacy are very expensive and there is no guarantee that the implanted embryos will 'take'. There is also no one I am close enough or trust enough to be a surrogate. I guess I'm close enough to my sisters, but I would never ask them because it would be too weird. I would feel like I was stealing the kid when it was born. I would also be concerned about the surrogate having a difficult time giving up the child after carrying it for 9 months.

Adoption is a long process and also expensive, but in the end, you're guaranteed a kid. Plus, those kids need good parents and I'd rather give someone who already exists a better chance in life than attempting to bring another into the world.

And on a superficial note, with adoption, no weight gain and stretch marks. ;-)

Writer's Block: Fanfiction

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?


I waver between indifference and hatred.

The idea of fanfiction is totally fine. It is interesting to see what other people think characters can do and be and situations they can get in. Adventures, new characters, etc. can be really interesting and creative.

BUT fanfiction as it currently exists seems to serve little function other than written pornography. Hey, I like sexy things as much as the next person, but there's so much more to interactions and relationships than just sexy times. Also, the "romantic" situations are often so ridiculous and over-the-top that they're laughable. Yes, I realize it's fiction. But I just can't take it seriously.

And I am not being close minded when I say this... but not every two male characters have hidden gay passions for one another. It's so unoriginal. It's like 90% of fanfic out there. And I'm not even going to go into the weirdo bestiality/furry strangeness that's out there. Bleah.

Obviously, I'm basing this on the limited things I have read and the general culture that I see surrounding fanfic. I am sure there is good stuff out there with great plots, fascinating character back stories and genuinely good writing. But there's way too much schlock out there for me to take it seriously or to have any desire to read any.

The only time I ever had a desire to write any kind of fanfic was to write the story behind Garland Greene, a fictional serial killer played by Steve Buscemi from the movie Con Air. No sexy times there, just lots of twisted brutality. But I haven't, nor do I have any idea what my plot would be. And that's why I don't write it. Because people who can't write should not pretend that they can.

So now that I've probably offended a bunch of people on my friends' list, I'll just say that I still like you guys that write it/like it. Just don't ask me to read it.

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Well, I'm convinced...

Manchester where?

A guy said hello to me at the bus stop and we made small talk about it being cold. He said it was his first time here and I asked if this was his first time in a cold climate.
He says, "No, I'm from Manchester. Not Manchester, MI; the other one."
So I say, "New Hampshire?"
He laughs, then says, "No, ENGLAND!" and laughs some more.
I laugh, apologize and then say "...I THINK there is a Manchester, NH..." feeling a little silly.

He talks about there being lots of snow and cold in England too, but walks away, I assume because he thinks I'm a moron.

But there IS a Manchester, NH! So I wasn't a total idiot. I guess my ears were too frozen to hear his accent until after he said he was from the UK.

Hope I didn't offend you, my brother across the sea. I'm geographically impaired in general, not just when it comes to England.

Song meme thing from morganalilith

Go to Pop Culture Madness (http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Pop-Modern/2006.html) and select the year you became 18. Snip the top 50 songs (or however many may be there) from the list and paste the list in your journal. Bold the ones you like, strike the ones you dislike, italicize the ones you know but don't care one way or another, and leave the ones you don't know as plain text.

2001 - Pop Song Hits 25 Most Requested Music
Cha Cha Slide - Mr C The Slide Man
I'm A Believer - Smash Mouth
Get The Party Started - Pink
Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, and Mya

Pop - *NSync
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
U Got It Bad - Usher

I Wanna Talk About Me - Toby Keith - Never heard it, never want to.
Hero - Enrique Iglesias ANNOYING.
Dance With Me -112
Ride Wit Me - Nelly featuring City Spud
God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood - I bet I would hate this, sounds country.
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
U Remind Me - Usher
Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy and Ricardo Ducent

Where The Party At - Jagged Edge with Nelly - bet I would hate this too.
Dance With Me - Debelah Morgan
Follow Me - Uncle Kracker HOLY ANNOYING.
One More Time - Daft Punk
Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

Never Had A Dream Come True - S Club 7
Nobody Wants To Be Lonely - Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera
Breathless - The Corrs
Beautiful Day - U2

Most music of my generation sucks. What a shame.

Writer's Block: Seeing stars

Which character from any film, television show, or book would you most like to take on a date and why?


Film - Richie Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums. He's sweet and shy. I'd want to hear about his world travels and being a child prodigy. Also, one of the few guys that can manage to pull off a beard and still be cute.

TV - Jim Halpert from The Office. He's so funny and sweet! Not to mention hot.

Book - I don't read much fiction so I'm having a hard time coming up with this one. Maybe Hannibal Lecter just because he's so intelligent, fascinating and completely insane.

OMG JOB POSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Position Information
Job Title Reference Librarian
Department Library
Job Number 01842
Job Category Professional
Job Type Full-Time
Status Regular
Job Open Date 10-15-2009
Closing Date 11-01-2009

Position Summary
Reference librarians help people succeed with information by providing all library users (students, staff, faculty, and community visitors) with reference service, offering instruction in the use of information tools and resources, integrating digital library resources into college web pages and course management systems, and selecting appropriate information resources for purchase through collaboration with faculty on collection development and instructional support. Librarians develop a comprehensive, college-wide perspective on information needed to support the curriculum and operations of the college and tailor services to assure that college resources are used appropriately and effectively.

Principal Accountabilities
1. Provide students, faculty, staff and others with reference services (direct, personal point-of-use assistance or instruction) in the use of library and information technology resources, facilities, and services required for satisfactory completion of learning objectives or fulfillment of information needs. Provide comparable service by telephone, chat, email, or other communication means. Perform searches of available electronic research resources for faculty and special projects.

2. Prepare and present instruction in the use of library resources and related information technology through scheduled classes, tutorials, workshops, and one-on-one appointments. Train college staff and student employees to use library resources and provide basic support to library users.

3. Develop library materials for instruction and information purposes. These materials include the library website, course management system resources, subject guides, bibliographies, and other handouts.

4. Assist with shared library administrative duties including supervision of the Library on rotating nights and weekends. Assume responsibility for one or more functional areas library operations such as reference scheduling, instructional coordination, website maintenance, circulation control, or the III library system.

5. Serve as library liaison to assigned academic and administrative units and their faculty and staff, to coordinate library services, plan instructional support, manage library collections to support the curriculum, and generally promote library services and resources to assigned units.

6. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned. These duties include: assisting with special projects as needed (e.g. the LibQUAL+ survey), serving on various college-wide committees, and keeping involved with committees and projects in OhioLINK and other local and state-wide organizations. Also, maintain an awareness of and involvement in the field of librarianship by reading professional journals, participating in relevant e-mail list discussions, maintaining membership in relevant organizations, and attending meetings and conferences as appropriate.

Requirements

Reference Librarians are required to have:
- A Masters Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution.
- Strong knowledge of the Internet and related technologies.
- Expertise in searching a wide range of information resources.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- The ability to teach groups and individuals.
- The ability to adapt to changes in technology.
- Experience with automated library systems.

Desirable qualifications include:
- Previous academic Library experience, preferably in a Community College.
- Web design and content management skills.

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Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH.
OMG I am so qualified. I am excited and going to apply! I will try not to get my hopes up too much... but I think this job would be perfect for me. We'll see what happens...

Sickness

I started getting sick on Saturday and was all paranoid because of the OMG H1N1!!!! fear-mongering at SI. But of course, it was just a lovely sinus infection-type deal. I only get sick about once a year (because my immune system is badass like that) and while it's rather unpleasant, it's manageable and I don't die. It's still been manageable, but I guess my body thought it would be hilarious to throw in another ailment just because, oh maybe I'm not suffering enough. I have a canker sore on the side/bottom of my tongue. It hurts like hell to talk and eat. And, of course, I've been having to talk a lot lately. The only time it doesn't hurt is when I'm not moving my mouth in any way. I think my body has a twisted sense of humor.

In school-news, things seem to be going okay so far. I dropped Ethics and added Gov Docs, so I'll be going to that for the first time today. Will also be working on my first assignment for the semester today that is due Monday. Cataloging has a shit-ton of stuff to read (this week especially) and a lot of it just confuses me. Seems to be overly technical and descriptive. I don't think I'm meant to be a cataloger.

I got a documentary from the library called "Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America", so I'm pretty excited to watch that. Probably tomorrow night. You can see how epic of a dork I am: excited to watch a documentary on a Friday night. I'll probably knit too. It will be awesome. Woo hoo! :D

EDIT: So Gov Docs was, in fact, good and very interesting. I am kinda scared that I have to do an hour-long presentation on gov't info. But I picked maps and GIS (geographical information systems) in hopes that I wouldn't get bogged down in legal/law stuff. Also, the presentation is not until December, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it will arrive well before I'm ready. Ah well.

My Home, the Midwest

I started thinking about this the other day at the SI picnic when talking with Heather about her drive cross-country. Her and her BF thought the Midwest extended to the likes of Nebraska, Kansas and so forth. Well, maybe the rest of the country thinks that; I guess I don't really know. But I don't think that. What is the Midwest to me? Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and the western half of Pennsylvania. Jury is still out on Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Missouri, but I'd let them join the party if they wanted. Where do the Dakotas, Nebraska and Kansas stand? Sorry guys, you're what I refer to as "The Plains".

These guys seem to agree with me:



In other thoughts, the "Midwest" is a misnomer. We're more like the Mideast. But I suppose maybe the regions were named before the whole country was explored.